Over 68% of respondents report that 60% or more of their staff is fully vaccinated. - Photo: CTAA

Over 68% of respondents report that 60% or more of their staff is fully vaccinated.

Photo: CTAA

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) surveyed its members to learn more about how community and public transit agencies around the nation are handling COVID-19 vaccination rates and policies.

The survey received a total 120 responses from agencies across the U.S.

Over 68% of respondents report that 60% or more of their staff is fully vaccinated. Only 5.8% of respondents reported that they would lose 60% or more of their staff if they were to mandate vaccinations.

"Transit agencies around the nation are facing an extraordinarily tight labor market with driver shortages causing numerous service cancellations," said CTAA Executive Director Scott Bogren. "At the same time, these agencies are working to keep their front-line employees safe through effective COVID-19 vaccination. We wanted to get a better understanding of how our members are managing these major challenges.”

Some ways transit agencies are handling the vaccination issue, according to the report:

  • Providing education and direct engagement about the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees

  • Providing incentives to those who become vaccinated. Incentive examples included $100-$250 payments, no quarantines and providing an extra vacation week

  • Partnering with local medical and leadership groups to educate their employees on vaccine myths

  • Requiring weekly on-site COVID tests to those employees who are not vaccinated

  • Requiring all new employees provide proof of vaccination

  • Providing paid-time off to receive the vaccine and post-vaccine recovery

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